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Upcoming Memorial Day services will pay tribute to veterans and soldiers both past and present.
The Calabash Memorial Day program, co-sponsored by the Calabash Fire Department and American Legion Post 503, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the new Calabash Community Park at Persimmon Road and Traders Lane. Sheriff John Ingram will be featured speaker.
Both neighboring towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores have joined in sponsoring the event and will be represented onstage by Calabash Mayor Mary Knight and Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough. Members of both towns and all surrounding communities are invited to attend. All veterans of all eras will be recognized. Additional participating civic organizations include the Calabash Elks, Calabash Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Blue Star Mothers, Marine Corps League, FDNY Carolina Retirees and the Junior ROTC unit from West Brunswick High School.
At the end of the memorial program, the sponsoring organizations will serve hot dogs, snacks, soda and/or bottled water to all participants and attendees.
Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will conduct its Memorial Day Service in front of the Post Building, 900 Carter Drive, at noon Monday, May 27.
Memorial Day is the most sacred of days for the VFW because it is a time to honor our fallen heroes, Post spokesman Frank Richardson said.
Colonel Trevor J. Bredenkamp, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, is the scheduled speaker.
This event is open to the public, which is cordially invited to attend. Any questions may be directed to the Post at (910) 579-3577.
Also at noon Monday, Calabash American Legion Post 503 at 10277 Beach Drive will have its own Memorial Day service for all veterans of all services and all eras.
A second annual Memorial Day service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the new Sunset Beach Town Park on Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Beach Town Council and the Sunset Beach Police Department invite the public to join them as they honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the services. For more information, contact Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey at (910) 579-2151.
VFW Post 8866 will observe Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Post at 573 Sabbath Home Road in Supply. Highlights include presenting colors, a blessing and speaker Jim Rich remembering those who served and naming those who died this year. The program will list all VFW members who have died since the Post formed 19 years ago. A luncheon follows.
Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will have its 48th annual Memorial Day observance at 5:45 p.m. Monday, May 27. Admission is free.
People of all generations from across the state are expected to gather on the battleship deck to pay respects.
Guest speaker will be Rear Admiral Steven H. Ratti, commander of the Fifth Coast Guard District.
Military musical arrangements will be provided by the 440th N.C. Army National Guard Band. There will also be a 21-gun salute.
Battleship executive director Capt. Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.